An excerpt from Wind in the Willows

Nice? It's the ONLY thing, said the Water Rat solemnly, as he leant forward for his stroke. Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING - absolute nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing, he went on dreamily: messing - about - in - boats; messing----'
From 'Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Up the Basingstoke

Well here we are again trying to keep the Basingstoke open to boating.  

We left Lock1 at 09:00 and are now outside the Bridge Barn hotel in Woking ready to have a feast inside tonight.  

It was much easier this morning than it was at Easter.  There's plenty of water around (in fact is is spilling over the by wash above Lock 6) and the Locks were not too much trouble; just a couple of gates that had too much silt behind them - lack of use I should think.

Tomorrow we are off up St Johns and Brookwood flights.  Apart from a work boat I should think it is a couple of years (maybe four even) since 'proper' boats have used the Brookwood flight.

I think it is imperative that all boaters flight for the right to navigate the Basingstoke for fear that it could become the first restored canal to slip back into dereliction.  Certainly the Canal Society won't stand by and watch that happen but may be the time is nigh when we need to roll out some more support.

1 comment:

  1. Well done you - sounds great - if ever there was year for water this is it!

    We're hoping that 2013 will be less eventful on the hound front, giving us more freedom to explore the waterways again. We'd love to cruise the Basingstoke - it's the only southern waterway that we haven't explored!

    Sue, nb Indigo Dream

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